Months of road resurfacing work on A22 ends

A22 resurfacing works
Image caption Contraflows were put in place during the 8-week resurfacing project

A major route in East Sussex has reopened after a resurfacing project which lasted almost two months.

The A22 Hailsham bypass improvement project was described by East Sussex County Council as the largest resurfacing scheme in almost 20 years.

Since 4 February more than 67,600 sq m (16 acres) have been resurfaced - the equivalent of nine football pitches.

Karl Taylor from the council said: "We would like to thank motorists for their patience."

The last of the contraflows on the two mile (2.5km) stretch of road between the Boship roundabout and the A295 South Road junction were removed on Thursday evening.

A council spokeswoman said there had been "extensive disruption" during the roadworks.

"The recent snow couldn't stop progress on the largest resurfacing scheme carried out by East Sussex County Council since 1994," she said.

During the resurfacing work hedges were trimmed and drainage maintenance carried out.

Grassed areas along the road were reinstated using aqua seeding, a process by which grass seed is sprayed using high-pressure pumps.

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